(This is a tentative review critiquing an ongoing series. As such, this review will contain no final score on the game as a whole, but an individual summary that is solely based on the experience of the episode. This game’s overall critique is subject to change in other episode reviews.)
(This review of The Wolf Among Us: Episode 3 – A Crooked Mile contains spoilers from Episodes 1 and 2, but will contain no spoilers from Episode 3. As such, this brief review will include no pictures as they may contain spoilers.)
After last episode’s reveal on who killed Snow White’s doppelganger, The Wolf Among Us: Episode 3 – A Crooked Mile takes us to the apex of the story arc roller coaster and puts all the pieces in place for the free fall final act. This is where season 1 starts to really pick up as the pace of the plot becomes more frantic and the severity of Bigby’s choices and consequences increase. The Wolf Among Us: Episode 3 – A Crooked Mile is the best episode yet and easily the most exhilarating.
The Wolf Among Us: Episode 3, as the halfway point of season 1, is where we get the biggest surge of new characters as the existing ones, such as Snow White, Ichabod Crane and Holly are rendered pretty completely in the context of the information we know. Some are stronger than others in terms of depth and characterization, but as a cast they interact spectacularly. Their anger towards each other, the way they slog through desperate poverty together, the few tender moments they have with one another, these are portrayed with tact, subtlety and expertise.
Another element to note, a bit like icing on the cake, is that “A Crooked Mile” starts to heavily exhibit the noir themes of the series; more of the substantial motifs of the genre as opposed to the visual or tonal cues seen so far. The disparity between poverty and wealth acts as a thematic lynch pin in this episode and opens up The Wolf Among Us to an even more grotesque underworld that has seeped into Fabletown. There were a few examples of this before (the primary one being Holly, Grendel and the other run-down fables at the Trip Trap Bar), but in Episode 3 it is central in expanding the plot and adding a new layer of tension on top of the already massively conflicted Bigby.
Written and Edited by Tim Atwood
Chief Editor at The Pixel Pen Review